ENSENADA, MEXICO: Yellowtail, marlin, mako shark, and a scattering of enticing dorado were found by Ensenada offshore boats toward the end of the week.
Sammy Susarrey of Lily Fleet said the Amigo fished in 71-degree water inside the lower 500 area on Saturday and got limits of 15 to 25-pound yellowtail on kelp paddies and live mackerel, plus two dorado of 20 pounds. "Most of the kelp paddies have lots of yellows and some dorados too," Susarrey said. "We also saw lots of small mako shark." The dorado were caught on the troll in open water with black-green Zukers. The Amigo also fished 57 miles out from Marina Coral on Friday and found kelp paddies loaded with yellowtail and dorado, but could not get a bite in 71.1-degree water. Other boats fished at San Jose reef for continued limits on large bottom fish.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: On Saturday, Steve Ross of the boat Bad Dog at Marina Coral reported a 75-pound mako shark landed at the 450 spot, and then a double marlin jig strike in 69-degree water at the lower 500 spot, with both fish gaffed by marinero Alex "Jando" Ruiz for anglers Gail Ross and Juan Lu Cardona-Sepulveda. On Friday, Ross reported on two earlier offshore runs, one for no results after 140 miles of fishing, and another for a dorado too small to swallow a sardine offered to it. ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Earlier, Emerald Argonza of Matador Sportfishing reported dorado seen but not biting at the 295 spot: "Dorados were jumping out of water but would not bite on live bait, plastic, or feathers." Argonza said he released three blue shark and then returned to Soledad reef with six anglers for salmon grouper, rockcod, red snapper, and whitefish.
The Wahoo fished locally for sandbass to 8 pounds, calico bass, barracuda, and two white seabass, about 3 miles east of Punta Banda. The Azteca fished offshore with five anglers, 10 miles below the lower 500 spot for one dorado of 40 pounds, and three yellowtail to 35 pounds. Water temperatures in the bay were at 71.8 degrees. ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Bill Hagen reported a rare shortbilled spearfish caught 75 miles off Ensenada on a charter boat out of Dana Landing.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Ivan Villarino of Vonny's Fleet said his pangas at the tip of Punta Banda are still fishing in red tide conditions, but catching bottom fish and calico bass, plus a few small yellowtail, in water temperatures at 62 degrees. "...Boats are still battling the "jamaica" colored red tide water," Villarino said. "It has been pretty solid while fishing at the point, the island, and the inner bay." Ensenada weather was partly cloudy in the low-70s. ENSENADA FISHING REPORT.
ENSENADA, MEXICO: Sergio Susarrey of Sergio's Sportfishing Center reported on 190 anglers aboard the Ensenada Clipper, Shir-Lee Too, Shir-Lee, Cazador, Quest and Clipper II, with a catch of: 24 yellowtail, 57 bonito, one barracuda, one dorado, 1,252 rockcod, 488 whitefish, 293 sheephead, 171 red snapper, and 45 lingcod.
ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Fernando Castro of Castro's Camp said 25 boats fished during the week for a catch of: five white seabass, seven yellowtail, and heavy counts of bottom fish including red rockcod, lingcod, and whitefish. Erendira weather was very calm and warm all week long. Water color was still green in places, but improving, with large areas of clear blue water. Abundant bait and game fish were present in the main fishing area 7 miles from the coast. Water temperatures averaged 63 degrees.
ERENDIRA, MEXICO: Joi Hunt and Matt Fish of Las Vegas and their group reported on two days of fishing with Capt. Jorge out of Castro's Camp for a catch of: one 40-pound yellowtail, five white seabass at 30 pounds, 20 average-sized whitefish, 15 lingcod, 10 sandbass, two calico bass, and limits on red rockcod, treefish, canary rockfish, and copper rockfish. Ernesto Callias and Matt Fish also fished from the surf and landed calico bass, barred surf perch and black drum. The fishing was about 1 mile out and 10 miles south of Castro's, in about 200 feet of water, in calm seas and red tide conditions, Hunt said. The fish hit frozen and fresh squid, and jigs.
MAGDALENA BAY, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported yellowfin tuna and dorado just a few miles outside the Puerto Lopez Mateos boca, and good-sized schools of dorado outside the San Carlos entrada. At the offshore Thetis Bank, boats found a few marlin, lots of yellowfin tuna, and yellowtail. The mangrove esteros produced corvina and a few pargo and grouper. Magdalena Bay water temperatures were at 62 to 76 degrees. MAGDALENA BAY FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tommy Garcia of Cabo Magic reported on 87 boats, with a catch including released fish of: one blue marlin, 25 striped marlin, four sailfish, 42 yellowfin tuna, 22 dorado, five wahoo, six red snapper, 15 skipjack, 12 roosterfish, and 21 boats skunked. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported on 53 combined outings by Gaviota Fleet, the Fish Cabo, and Fish Cabo I, with a catch including released fish of: three blue marlin, 36 striped marlin, three sailfish, 11 dorado, and 54 yellowfin tuna. Big fish reported during the week included a 500-pound class blue marlin by the Gaviota IX, and an unconfirmed 360-pound yellowfin tuna by Edith Fleet. "I bet they would like to save that one for the Western Outdoor News Tuna Tournament in early November," Edwards said. Cabo San Lucas weather was hot in the 100s, with a sharp water temperature break of 75 to 85 degrees running south from the cape. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: For the previous week, Edwards reported on 36 combined outings by Gaviota Fleet, the Fish Cabo, and Fish Cabo I, with a catch including released fish of: one blue marlin, 21 striped marlin one sailfish, two wahoo, one dorado, and 29 yellowfin tuna to 85 pounds. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Tracy Ehrenberg of Pisces Fleet reported 61 percent of boats catching billfish, 23 percent with football tuna, and 17 percent with dorado. The billfish count included four blue marlin and one sailfish, in addition to striped marlin. "...There is still room for improvement," Ehrenberg said. "By now we should be in the throes of midsummer fishing at Cabo San Lucas, but it is still much cooler than it should be, probably due to the absence of tropical storms offshore." Although the better counts came from the Pacific side, many boats fished on the warmer Cortez side in hopes of finding blue marlin. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: For the previous week, Ehrenberg reported Pisces Fleet with a catch rate of of 53 percent for billfish, 38 percent for yellowfin tuna, 35 percent for dorado, and 94 percent for all species combined. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing said blue marlin were seen and hooked in significant numbers last week as water temperatures reached 83 to 84 degrees on the Cortez side and 77 to 78 degrees on the Pacific side: "I talked with five charter fishing boats yesterday and three of the five hooked up to blues...The two fishing boats that did not hook up saw fish come into the pattern." Striped marlin were also still present on the cool side of the temperature break running south of the cape. Yellowfin tuna and dorado were scattered, and inshore fishing was tapering off. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Benjamin Ortega of Solmar Fleet reported a catch including released fish of: 73 striped marlin, 37 yellowfin tuna, 45 dorado, seven wahoo, and four sierra. Solmar's top captain for the week was Adalberto Agundez of the Solmar III, with a seven-trip catch including released fish of: 19 marlin, 14 yellowfin tuna and 17 dorado. CABO SAN LUCAS FISHING REPORT.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Picante Fleet reported on three late-week boats, with a catch including released fish of: two blue marlin, one striped marlin, three tuna, three dorado, and one wahoo.
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Jim Dillon of Salvador's Sportfishing reported on eight outings by El Budster, El Budster I, and El Budster II, with a catch including released fish of: five dorado of 15 to 35 pounds, one yellowfin tuna of 20 pounds, one 60-pound wahoo, and five striped marlin.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO: Eric Brictson of Gordo Banks Pangas reported on 33 combined La Playita fleet pangas, with a catch of: nine sailfish, four striped marlin, 10 hammerhead shark, 24 yellowfin tuna, 18 dorado, seven dogtooth snapper, 14 yellowtail snapper, 26 huachinango, 14 barred pargo, 12 cabrilla, eight amberjack, 12 jack crevalle and six roosterfish. On the beaches around the San Jose del Cabo boca, snook of 20 to 30 pounds were caught on mullet and sardinas. San Jose del Cabo water temperatures were at 78 to 85 degrees. "This is the time San Jose del Cabo starts to see back-to-back systems develop off of the southern mainland Mexican coast," Brictson said. "Conditions can deteriorate rapidly during the late summer." SAN JOSE DEL CABO FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Axel Valdez of Buena Vista Beach Resort reported on 78 boats, with a catch including released fish of: two blue marlin, one black marlin, 14 striped marlin, 33 sailfish, six dorado, 107 tuna, two wahoo, 11 roosterfish, four snapper, two jack crevalle, one amberjack, 27 bonita, two cabrilla, and six skipjack. Most hotel boats fished south from 15 to 35 miles out, in water temperatures of 80 to 85 degrees. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Russ Fritz of La Ribera said, "Post-Bisbee's fishing at East Cape remains very good for striped marlin, both close to La Ribera, and 5 to 9 miles off the lighthouse." Early in the week, Fritz said he caught a small striped marlin, and then lost a monster blue marlin that took over 500 yards of line off a Penn 30 International. "My buddy, Scott Wilson, modified that famous line from 'Jaws,'" Fritz said. "'Were gonna need bigger gear.'" was how he said it. East Cape weather was glassy flat in the mornings and lightly breezy in the afternoons. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Chris Moyers of East Cape Smoke House, reported on 252 boats from combined fleets including the Van Wormer resorts of Palmas de Cortez, Playa del Sol, and Punta Colorada, with a catch including released fish of: 35 blue marlin, 108 striped marlin, 130 sailfish, 59 dorado, 424 yellowfin tuna, two wahoo, and six roosterfish. East Cape weather was at 100 degrees, with water temperatures of 81 to 89 degrees. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: For the previous week, Chris Moyers reported on 442 boats from combined fleets including the Van Wormer resorts of Palmas de Cortez, Playa del Sol, and Punta Colorada, with a catch including released fish of: 28 blue marlin, 216 striped marlin two black marlin 82 sailfish, 152 dorado, 1,211 yellowfin tuna, 16 pargo, 14 wahoo, and 19 roosterfish. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Roy Baldwin of Rancho Leonero reported, "Sailfish are everywhere, starting about 5 miles out, from Leonero to Cabo Pulmo, freely taking live mackerel and trolled lures..." Striped marlin and more blue marlin were in the mix. Tuna had an off week, and some dorado of 15 to 25 pounds were caught daily. East Cape water temperatures were at 85 to 88 degrees. EAST CAPE FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported East Cape weather in the low-100s, with calm seas and water temperatures of 73 to 88 degrees. On the beaches, fly anglers got a few shots at large roosterfish, and also had opportunities on ladyfish, pompano, and occasional jack crevalle. EAST CAPE FLY FISHING REPORT.
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Ash Pickering of the Vista Sea Sport dive service reported calm blue water on the Cabo Pulmo coral reef, with water temperatures averaging 85 degrees at depth. "The diving has been beautiful, with heaps of schooling fish, turtles, rays," Pickering said. "We also have a whitetip reef shark that seems to be setting up residence."
EAST CAPE, MEXICO: Baja Life issued a full recap report on the recent Bisbee's Buena Vista Offshore East Cape Tournament, which had a record 56 boats fishing and $243,060 in prize money. BISBEE'S EAST CAPE TOURNAMENT REPORT.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Luis Lopez of Mosquito Fleet said about eight super pangas per day fished on the La Paz side, for steady limits of dorado of 10 to 40 pounds, plus one bull of 53 pounds, and plenty of striped and blue marlin. The top fish for the week was a 455-pound black marlin caught at El Bajo by angler Jeff Taylor of Los Angeles after a 35-minute fight on 60-pound line. La Paz weather was hot and windless to about 110 degrees, with water temperatures at 80 degrees. LA PAZ FISHING REPORT.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Jonathan Roldan of Tailhunter International reported yellowfin tuna of 10 to 30 pounds showing up on the Las Arenas side: "This wasn't a big bite, but...we had Las Arenas fishing boats taking 2 to 5 fish a day not far from the shoreline." Some dorado were also caught on the Las Arenas side before water temperatures dropped at the end of the week. On the La Paz side, boats caught wide-open small dorado, plus a few fish to 60 pounds and a steady pick on striped and blue marlin. LA PAZ FISHING REPORT.
LA PAZ, MEXICO: Leonard Phillips of Baja Pirates Fleet reported plenty of dorado to 20 pounds on the La Paz side between Islas Cerralvo and Espiritu Santo. "Striped marlin action has also improved," Phillips said, "with the best area being north of Cerralvo." On the Las Arenas side, Phillips said tuna were starting to show up, including an occasional 100 pounder.
LORETO, MEXICO: Pam Bolles of Baja Big Fish Company said local fishing was steady for resident species, but "the dorado have been a disappointment this season." Some random flurries of small fish under 10 pounds were found, including a 42-dorado release day on a dead porpoise by fly angler Brett Matzke with Capt. Eulogio Davis, but there was no overall bite. Sailfish, striped marlin, blue marlin, and black marlin were all present, as Loreto water temperatures were at 80 to 87 degrees. LORETO FISHING REPORT.
LORETO, MEXICO: Chuck Byard of Redding and his group fished out of Loreto Shores for three weeks through July and found blue, 82 to 85-degree water outside, very slow dorado action, but lots of squid, fair numbers of billfish, and some good action on yellowtail 35 miles north of town in 250 to 400 feet of water. The top fish caught for the trip included a 250-pound class blue marlin landed by Byard, a 40-pound dorado by Jack Nichols, and three grouper over 30 pounds by Ed Roach. LORETO FISHING REPORT.
LORETO, MEXICO: Jeff Petersen of Loreto reported the arrival of his new boat Baja Californian, which was built in the U.S., trailered to San Felipe, and run down the Sea of Cortez to town last week. "We made the trip from San Felipe to Loreto in three days" Petersen said, "stopping the first night in Bahia San Luis Gonzaga for fuel and almejas. We made the 280 miles or so into Santa Rosalia the second evening, catching calamari and a number of small dorado in front of town the following morning. It was slow fishing from Isla San Ildefonso on into Loreto on day three."
LORETO, MEXICO: Nacho Davis of the Carnaderos y Pescaderos baitsellers' cooperativa said mackerel were hard to find last week. Bait available was mostly jurelito and platino. "We're running 60 to 70 bait fish with three carnaderos fishing all night," Davis said. "Not much to go around."
LORETO, MEXICO: At Villas de Loreto, Wendy Wilchynski said Jim Smith and his group from Oregon fished with Capt. Omar and caught a lot of good-sized dorado.
MULEGE, MEXICO: At the Hotel Serenidad, Diana Johnson reported dorado of 15 to 35 pounds for boats running north to Isla San Marcos, plus sailfish and lots of whales and porpoise in local waters.
MULEGE, MEXICO: Rick Barber of Mulege announced a three-event calendar of fishing tournaments called the Mulege Classic Tournaments. The first event, a yellowtail tournament, was scheduled Nov. 11-12, 2005, with prizes of 30,000, 10,000, and 5,000 pesos for the first three places, plus other merchandise prizes, and an entry fee of 500 pesos. "Tecate is helping sponsor us and we're going big city from now on," Barber said. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Mike Kanzler of Isla San Marcos reported generally slow fishing conditions, but yellowtail still hitting 190 to 270 feet deep on the bajos north of the isla, including a five-fish morning using live mackerel on dropper loops. Kanzler also commented on people blaming local longline pangas for the slow dorado year: "This year, months before the longliners showed up and dorado where supposed to be here, they were not. It's just a strange year." Santa Rosalia weather was hot in the 90s, with water temperatures of 83 to 85 degrees and visiblity at 40 to 80 feet. SANTA ROSALIA FISHING REPORT.
SANTA ROSALIA, MEXICO: Ed Hogan of San Bruno south of Santa Rosalia reported a good run to the Isla San Marcos bajos on Friday, for four yellowtail of 25 to 30 pounds and two dorado of 20 and 25 pounds, all caught by 10:30 a.m. Hogan said he fished the 200-foot bajo with sliding sinkers and live mackerel, which were easily caught at San Lucas Cove. On Thursday, Hogan reported a 38-pound yellowtail at 250 feet deep: "If not the biggest, one of the biggest yellows we have caught here." Isla San Marcos water temperatures were at 82 degrees. SANTA ROSALIA FISHING REPORT.
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: On Saturday, J. L. Terry of San Francisquito reported good weather, with a hot north breeze in the morning, reversing to south in the afternoon, and nights comfortable with no bugs. The runway was dry and graded after showers on Tuesday. Dorado were caught between shore and Isla San Lorenzo, lots of lobster were available, and the commercial fishermen were gone: "Hope it stays that way."
BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, MEXICO: Roger Crenshaw of San Francisquito said, "It is too hot to stop to jig for bottom fish." Dorado and yellowtail were both close to shore on nearby points, with water temperatures at 79 to 81 degrees, and Crenshaw said a sailfish was also lost within 100 yards of shore between the puerto and the cabanas. Humboldt squid were coming to the surface off the beach during daytime. SAN FRANCISQUITO FISHING REPORT.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Fily Espinoza of Tony Reyes Fishing Tours reported on a six-day Midriff Islands trip by the panga mothership Jose Andres, returning to San Felipe on Aug. 12, 2005, with a catch of: 249 yellowtail, 18 to 36 pounds; two grouper, 55 to 80 pounds; five dorado, 14 to 18 pounds; 52 cabrilla, 12 to 16 pounds; three red snapper, 14 to 16 pounds; one broomtail, 14 pounds; two sheephead, 12 pounds; 50 spotted bay bass; and nine shark, 14 to 20 pounds.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: Dana Kerby of Baja Sportfishing, Inc., reported on a six-day trip by the panga mothership Erik, returning to San Felipe with 22 anglers on Aug. 11, 2005, with a catch of: 228 yellowtail to 30 pounds; 125 pargo; 63 cabrilla 13 dorado of 15 pounds or larger; 22 white seabass to 39 pounds; and 205 miscellaneous species, including Humboldt squid. The Erik fished at San Bernabe, San Francisquito, Punta Remedios, Asemblea, Encantadas, and the Golden Reef.
SAN FELIPE, MEXICO: At Papa Fernandez on Gonzaga Bay, Doug Magee reported air temperatures surprisingly cool last week, "Nothing over 100 degrees and cooling down to a low one night of 79 degrees, with a very nice breeze." Fishing was slow in very warm water to 91 degrees for some small bass and triggerfish.
ROCKY POINT (PUERTO PENASCO), MEXICO: Stuart Burnett of Rocky Point reported on two days of fishing on his boat Constancia, finding good weed paddies his first day about 35 miles due south for catch-and-release dorado to about 10 pounds, plus about 20 juvenile yellowtail of about 3 to 5 pounds released. A second day in the area produced no more dorado, but Burnett said he found a new ledge about 35 miles out that dropped from 238 to 247 feet: "My wife had a couple of bumps and then got sliced off on 250 pound mono leader with the 8/0 hook cut cleanly off." ROCKY POINT FISHING REPORT.
ROCKY POINT (PUERTO PENASCO), MEXICO: Arthur Pina relayed a report from Curtis Grant of Phoenix who fished 50 miles south on his boat Bonus Time on Saturday for good results on goldspotted bass and grouper, in 83-degree water, with abundant sardinas and skipjack also seen in the area.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters reported "absolutely wide-open dorado" off Mazatlan, and a catch by 35 Aries Fleet boats, including released fish, of: one blue marlin, 10 sailfish, and 293 dorado. The dorado were located on buoys 10 to 15 miles out of Marina el Cid. Mazatlan weather was cloudy and humid in the low-90s, with water temperatures of 85 to 86 degrees. MAZATLAN FISHING REPORT.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: For the previous week, Edwards reported on 15 Aries Fleet boats, with a catch including released fish of: eight sailfish and 141 dorado. MAZATLAN FISHING REPORT.
MAZATLAN, MEXICO: Gray Palmeter of Vikings Fleet reported excellent dorado fishing 18 to 25 miles out: "...We can't keep them off the hooks. They have been biting just about anything we have thrown at them." Billfish action included sailfish and blue marlin, topped by a 250 pounder, and inshore fishing was good for red snapper, triggerfish, permit, and assorted species. MAZATLAN FISHING REPORT.
PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO: Kurt Hjort of Esperanza Sportfishing said clear blue water at 80 to 84 degrees moved into the bay next to the dirtier water from river runoff, and tuna and marlin were being caught at Corbetena and El Banco. Sailfish and small dorado were available in all areas. PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING REPORT.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Ed Kunze of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo said water temperatures reached 84 degrees inshore and almost 88 degrees offshore as boats averaged two to three sailfish per day. Fly fishing angler Riley Wilcox fished with Kunze using kites for hot needlefish action and jack crevalle averaging 18 pounds. "Sight casting at its best," Kunze said. "The needlefish literally took almost every kite bait we had." A 70-pound roosterfish was landed by Capt. Adolpho's boat Dos Hermanos after a 2-hour fight on medium spinning gear and a popper. IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO FISHING REPORT.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Larry Edwards of Cortez Yacht Charters said Capt. Able Cortez of the Gran Jefe found a 235-pound blue marlin for angler Ernest Ovalle Jr., who landed the fish in 20 minutes on 50-pound line. "The fish came in docile until the mate put the tail rope on the critter and the real fight took place from there with a lot of splashing and crashing, but no casualties," Edwards said.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Paul Phillips of the Fintastic Total Tag & Release Tournament said about 10 boats or less were fishing out of Zihuatanejo bay per day, for about one to three sailfish plus about a marlin per day each, about 8 miles out.
IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: Gary Graham of Baja On The Fly reported Ixtapa Zihuatanejo weather in the low-90s with thunderstorms and water temperatures of 80 to 84 degrees.